Things To Do
Park Visitor Center at Mission San José
Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The park is closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
Driving directions to the Visitor Center.
Movie: Gente de Razón Shown on the hour and half-hour beginning at 9:30 am, with the last show at 4:30 pm. Close-captioned.
This award-winning film tells the story of the native people of 18th-century south Texas, their role in colonizing New Spain, and the results of entering the Spanish missions.
The displays exhibit authentic and replicated artifacts explaining the diverse tasks found within the Spanish missions.
Park Store The Park Store provides educational materials to park visitors to better understand the Spanish colonial period of American history and associated subjects. Your purchases directly support educational and research programs at this park. Operated by Western National Parks Association, a non-profit organization authorized by Congress to assist the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
that Texas longhorn cattle evolved from 3 breeds the Spanish imported to the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries? They were the barrenda or piebald, the retinto, and ganado prieto. Modern longhorn have long legs and a narrow body - perfectly suited to travel long distances in dry, harsh country.